Primus – metal band from the USA
Primus was formed in California in 1984. Initially, the band members called themselves Primate. The initial lineup featured Les Claypool and Todd Huth. Within a month of the formation, the group members found out that the name Primate was already taken and changed it to Primus. New members joined the group and changed frequently. The only stable member was its founder, Claypool. Today, he works with Tim Alexander (drummer) and Larry LaLonde (guitar player).
Musicians did an excellent job adjusting to lineup changes. They started performing live immediately after the formation. Five years later, the band presented its first live album, Suck On This. It featured such successful songs as "Jellykit", "John The Fisherman", and "Harold Of The Rocks". Les’ father helped finance the release. However, after the album came out, Caroline Records bought the rights for its sale. It helped the band become successful. They recorded the next album in an official studio. Half of the tracks from the debut LP, Frizzle Fry, were played at musicians’ previous concerts. Critics noted the band work’s similarity to such groups as Police, Funkadelic, and Metallica.
The single "John The Fisherman" became a hit. The band’s popularity brought musicians a contract with Interscope Records. The next LP came out in 1991. The artists called it Sailing The Seas Of Cheese. For this album, musicians decided to simplify their music style, however, Claypool didn’t abandon his complex guitar solos.